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Our Team

Bethann Witcher Cottrell, PhD, Director, Global Coordination, Food and Nutrition Security, CARE USA
Bethann leads a portfolio including USAID child survival projects; the CORE Group Polio Partners Partnership; the USAID Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project; and the privately funded Window of Opportunity program. Bethann has a doctoral degree in international nutrition from Michigan State University and holds more than 25 years of experience in international community-based public health.

Ann DiGirolamo, PhD, MPH, Director, Nutrition and Integrated Programming, CARE USA

Dr. DiGirolamo is a pediatric psychologist by training and the Director of the Nutrition Plus Team with CARE USA. She also holds an Adjunct Faculty position in Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  Her main interests are in maternal and child health, nutrition and development, with particular emphasis on the psychosocial factors influencing child growth, development, mental health, and in the interface between nutrition and psychology. As a Principal Investigator (PI) of a study in Mexico funded by Fogarty International Center, NIH, in collaboration with the National Institute of Public health, Mexico, she examined the role of maternal depression and child-care giving for young child growth and development. She was PI on a NIH funded (R01) randomized controlled trail examining the effects of zinc supplementation on mental health and school performance in school-age children in Guatemala, and has been involved as a co-investigator on multiple studies examining child nutrition, development, and mental health in Mexico and Guatemala.  Her current work at CARE involves providing technical expertise in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs in resource poor countries addressing the nutrition and developmental needs of young children in vulnerable contexts and their caregivers.

Freddy Espinoza, MD, MPH, Project Manager, Nicaragua  

Freddy is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation of Window of Opportunity in Nicaragua.  In this position, he coordinates programming with the Atlanta-based Window team and oversees project expenses. Before joining CARE in 2007, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua and for the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security.

Sayoh A. Francis, Infant and Young Child Field Coordinator,  CARE Sierra Leone
Sayoh is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation of Window of Opportunity in Sierra Leone. In this position, he coordinates programming with the Atlanta-based Window team and oversees project expenses. In the former USAID-funded child survival project, Sayoh assumed the positions of field supervisor, health education officer, and assistant project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public health and is now completing his master’s degree in public health at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Lenette Golding, PhD, MPH,  Senior Technical Advisor, Social and Behavior Change Communication, CARE USA     
Lenette has over 20 years of programmatic and research experience in health and development internationally, and in the U.S. Currently, she is the senior communication advisor for a maternal, infant and young child nutrition project and an HIV/AIDS project at CARE. Her main role is to assist various country teams apply theory and best practice for the development of strategic social and behavioral change interventions. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a master’s in public health from Emory University and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the representation of cultural knowledge about health and illness; narrative communication; media and message effects; resistance to persuasion and the use of entertainment-education for social change.

Mary S Lung’aho, PhD, MA, Special Advisor, Infant and Young Child Feeding, Window of Opportunity
Mary is a public health nutritionist who has specialized in infant and young child feeding in emergencies over the past 15 years. She serves as Special Advisor for Window of Opportunity. First with the LINKAGES project, and now with CARE, Mary has been a member of Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group since its inception. Mary holds a doctoral degree in nutrition sciences and a master’s degree in medical anthropology.

Allison Prather, MPH, Senior Program Officer, CARE USA    

Allison supports the Window team in the production of education and communication materials, grant management, and coordination of program activities.  She started at CARE in 2008 in the Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Unit where she supported headquarters and country offices in internal communication, donor reporting, proposal development, and the coordination of meetings and workshops. Allison has a master’s of public health from Emory University.

Sheik Shahed Rahman, MBBS, National Nutrition Coordinator, CARE Bangladesh

Shahed is a medical doctor who began working in nutrition as a Program Manager for Save the Children through the development and support of community based management of acute malnutrition activities. Overall, Shahed has experience in program design, implementation, advocacy, capacity building and monitoring and evaluaiton. Through the years he has taken and applied his skills to the support of USAID funded multi-year assistance programs including the highly successful CARE SHOUHARDO food security program and as a consultant to FANTA in the Darfur region of Sudan and Ghana, where he facilitated trainings and supported the integration of CMAM into national level health services. Currently, he supports Window activities in Bangladesh where he provides national level representation and technical support for training of community counselors and the development of a data monitoring system. Shahed received his medical training from Medical College, Barisal, Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

Noor Tirmizi, Statistician, Health Equity Unit, CARE USA

 

Walter Vilchez, MPH, Program Coordinator, CARE Perú    
Walter is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation of Window of Opportunity in Peru. In this position, he coordinates programming with the Atlanta-based Window team and oversees project expenses. Walter has worked for CARE since 2008, originally as the program coordinator of Nutrition and Food Security. Before joining CARE, Walter worked for the Ministry of Health in Perú as director of the National Program on Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies and before that as the regional coordinator of the School Feeding Program in Cusco. Currently Walter is pursing a doctoral degree in public health at the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal.

 

Santi Wulandari, MD, Project Manger, Indonesia    

Santi is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation of Window of Opportunity in West Timor, Indonesia. In this position, she coordinates programming with the Atlanta-based Window team and oversees project expenses. Santi worked for CARE from 2005 -2007, as the technical specialist for health and nutrition on the Ache earthquake disaster relief efforts and as the project manager for the Jakarta Flood Response Project. From 2007 to 2008 she was a health educator/ trainer for SURFAID International. Santi obtained her medical degree from Faculty of Medicine – Brawijaya University, Malang – Indonesia

Alyssa Lowe, MPH, Program Officer

Alyssa works as the Program Officer for the Nutrition Plus Team.  She is responsible for the development and maintenance of internal and external communications.  Alyssa has almost a decade of experience in health and development with specific professional experience in maternal and child nutrition.  Alyssa’s skill sets span multiple disciplines including public health, curriculum development, behavioral intervention and program management.  Alyssa served as a public health Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and has worked on public health programs and research projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia.  She holds a BA in anthropology from Bennington College and an MPH from Emory University.



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